Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 6, 2023 / 16:15 pm
Virginia’s state legislative elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7, could determine the fate of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to prohibit abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
All 40 Virginia Senate seats and all 100 Virginia House of Delegates seats will be on the ballot on Tuesday, which will determine which party controls the legislative bodies. Republicans hold a narrow 48-46 majority in the House going into Election Day, with six vacancies, and Democrats have a slim 22-18 majority in the Senate.
Abortion policy has dominated political advertisements from both sides in recent months, with Republicans arguing that a 15-week limit on abortion is a reasonable approach to the issue in the state and Democrats suggesting that Republicans want to take away access to abortion.
“Virginia Republicans support a reasonable 15-week limit with exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother,” a 30-second advertisement aired by Youngkin’s PAC Spirit of Virginia said.